If you only wash your hands a few times a day, you’re doing it wrong!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says germs like Salmonella, norovirus and E. coli can make us sick if we don’t wash after using the bathroom, touching raw meat or handling something that’s contaminated, even if you think that certain something is keeping things clean.
Here are 5 nasty reasons to wash your hands more often.
Your kitchen sponge is crawling with bacteria.
More than 75% of kitchen sponges and wipes used for cleaning dishes were ironically contaminated with coliform bacteria, according to a study from NSF International.
So, wash with soap and water after doing the dishes.
In 2017, The Today Show ranked the dirtiest places in a restaurant and found high chairs and booster seats for kids were particularly nasty, because a dirty diaper could have touched the surfaces.
Menus also house a lot of germs.
Your phone has ten times more bacteria than a toilet seat, according to scientists at the University of Arizona.
This shouldn’t be surprising, since some people use their phoneson the toilet!
But just having pathogens on your phone won’t automatically make you sick, it’s when you share someone else’s phone who’s got strep throat or the flu, according to Time.
A recent survey from Printerland in the UK showed the average office desk has 400 times more germs than a toilet seat!
Your computer mouse and keyboard are also filthy, so it’s best to use antibacterial wipes, and wash your hands often.
The bacteria don’t stop at your desk, it’s there before you make your way to your seat.
A study published in the journal Open Medicine found that 61% of elevator buttons were crawling with bacteria, mainly because they’re high-touch hotspots.
Washing your hands after touching the elevator buttons is an easy way to close the door on spreading germs.